Emboldened by the runaway success of Forza Motorsport 5 as the Xbox’s fastest selling racing game of all time with over 1.8 million copies sold to date, Microsoft has unveiled a new entry in the Forza franchise, choosing the historical heart of America’s automotive industry for the special occasion.
Detroit’s North American International Auto Show played host to the announcement, where Microsoft confirmed that Forza Motorsport 6 is in the works at Turn 10 Studios and set to come out later this year.
The Ford F-150 Raptor, GT, and Shelby GT305 Mustang were showcased as cars included in the game.
Dan Greenawalt, Turn 10 Studios’ creative director, tied the critically-acclaimed racing series’ history into that of the prestigious automaker founded by Henry Ford. “Just as Ford has pushed the boundaries of car technology in GT, Forza Motorsport 6 will embrace that spirit of innovation as our most technically advanced racing simulation to date, offering a fun and realistic automotive experience for both car lovers and gamers.”
The North American International Auto Show is a smart spot for Microsoft to unveil Forza Motorsport 6, as the franchise is known for its creative partnerships with big-name manufacturers. A venture with Honda brought the Civic Type R to Forza Motorsport 5 just this past holiday season.
More information about Forza Motorsport 6, including an exact release date, is expected at E3 in June.